Accountable care organization (ACO) participation in the Medicare Shared Savings Program has hit a new low in 2021, according to new data from CMS.
The data dropped by CMS this week showed that 477 ACOs are participating in Medicare’s flagship ACO program in 2021, down from 517 ACOs in 2020.
The ACO participation number is a new low compared to the last four years under the Trump administration. In 2016, CMS recorded 433 ACOs in the Shared Savings Program. ACO participation increased to a program high of 561 ACOs in 2018, but has declined since with 487 ACOs in 2019 and 517 ACOs in 2020.